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Morgan Maher 02/03/2024

It is with incredible sadness that we announce the death of our daughter, Morgan. Like so many before, her life was ended too early, taken by the person she loved the most. Although we are filled with grief, anger and a tremendous sense of loss, it is important that we focus on what made Morgan the incredible person that she was – the joy she brought rather than the tragedy of her death. She was a mother of two beautiful children, a sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, auntie and friend. Morgan fiercely defended those she loved and had an instinct to protect those who were outcast or mistreated by others. She was quiet, loving, loyal and patient with her children, but could be feisty and fiery when necessary.
Morgan loved life and traveled the country with her family in an effort to visit every national park. She fell short of this goal, but the sense of wonder and discovery that she has given to her children will endure for generations to come. Her children, Leo and Athena, were everything to her. She was a loving, kind and patient mother who always had time for her kids. She did not have much, but what she did have she gave to them. She never failed to bring home some little treat or toy for them to let them know she was thinking of them and that they were special to her.
In the fall, Morgan had begun working in an elder care facility and found her career. Her effortless care for others, kindness and instinct to protect the helpless made her perfect for the role. She was very close to completing her CNA certification. Although it seemed like a small step, she was so excited. To her it was a first step in the furtherance of her career in helping others and the beginning of a brighter future for her and her littles.
She thoroughly enjoyed going to concerts and spending time with her many friends. She was a gifted photographer and crafter. She made candles, plaster steppingstones, sewed, painted. Simply put, Morgan loved life. She spent each day of her life living it to the fullest. Her short time here was a gift to those who were able to share that time with her. The world was made a better place because she was in it. We will all miss her deeply.
Morgan is preceded in death by her grandfather John. She is survived by her children Leo and Athena; her parents Jackie and John; her older brothers Robert, Cavan (Krystal), Brendan (Kate), and Doran (Lydia); her maternal grandparents Dale and Sue; her paternal grandmother Marilyn (Don); her uncles Jody (Andrea) and Oliver (Molly); her nieces and nephews Skyla, Serentiy, Kinsley and Mathis; her cousins Breanna, Blake and Emma; her many other friends, extended family and so many others we are unable to list here. She loved you all so much and you brought her so much joy. Thank you all for being part of her life.
A Funeral Service for Morgan was held on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 2 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary.  Visitation was held on Sunday, February 18, 2024 from 2-6 pm and Monday from 12 – 2 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Morgan’s service




  • Liz Maher Huehn Posted February 7, 2024 5:10 pm

    Johnny and Jackie and family,
    I am so sorry for this huge loss.
    Please know love and prayers are being said and sent you all.
    Love Aunt Liz

  • Miss Amanda (Shell Lake High School) Posted February 8, 2024 10:28 am

    I am so so sorry to hear about your loss! Morgan was a sweet young lady, and she will be missed tremendously!!

  • Amy Janovec Posted February 9, 2024 9:09 am

    Deepest sympathies for all that love her.

  • JILL STEEL Posted February 9, 2024 11:31 am

    I do not know you or your family but I want to send my condolences. I will be praying for you and your family as this is something that should never happen. God Bless you all.

  • Kiara Pederson Posted February 9, 2024 7:37 pm

    Morgan always showed me so much grace, support, and love. My heart breaks you all are such good people that shouldn’t have to endure this pain. 💔

  • Rhea Losano Posted February 10, 2024 8:38 pm

    Morgan was such a great person and friend. I had the pleasure of working alongside her and her brother and enjoyed that experience. She will absolutely be missed and I send all of my love and healing energy to you and your family.

  • robert biederman Posted February 12, 2024 8:27 am

    Jody, Andrea, and the rest of the family you have my sympathy.

  • Kelly DuPlessis Posted February 12, 2024 9:40 am

    Jackie and Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds like such a wonderful person and someone who made the world a better place. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this incredibly sad time.

  • Matt McMillan Posted February 12, 2024 5:59 pm

    John, Jackie & Familly, My deepest sympaties for your loss. Morgan was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She was like a daughter to me as well. I care much about her and the kids. She was always kind and loving (especial to Leo and Athena). You have a great family and she was one of the brightest spots. I will say that much of her caring and empathy came from you and Jackie. Children can develop upon their own path, but you were there to help guide and shape her into the person she became. Her impact upon the work is profund. She always made me feel welcome and like family. I will miss her a great deal, but I will make sure to be there for your and your family. Everyone is hurting right now, but we also have to remember all the good that she contributed to us and the world, as well as all of the lives she has touched. If there is anything else I can do to help you guys, please let me know.

  • Miki Danielson Posted February 12, 2024 6:10 pm

    My heart is breaking for you and John and your family and everyone who loved your beautiful daughter. Holding all of you in the light of love.

  • Terri and Jim Aiken Posted February 13, 2024 8:16 am

    Jackie, Jodie, Dale, Sue
    We just heard of your daughter’s and grandaughter’s death and are so very sorry you are going through this tragedy. We so fondly remember our days at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Oakdale raising families and attending church events. Please know you are in our thoughts during an extremely difficult family time.

  • Beth Burris Posted February 13, 2024 8:20 am

    To Morgan’s family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I was never able to meet Morgan directly but was lucky enough to hear about her often through my son (and live in the neighborhood too). I think of you all every day and pray you find some peace in all of the love and memories she brought to you while she was here.

  • Michelle Bridges Posted February 18, 2024 8:49 pm

    John & Jackie, I will be thinking of you all on Monday and pray that you will find comfort in the memories shared by those who knew Morgan and the light she was to your family. Sending much love.

  • Kalli Matson Posted February 19, 2024 2:41 pm

    Morgan was always an amazing friend that I met during our time working at Keys together about 8 years ago. We would loose touch here and there throughout the years, but always reconnected like no time passed by. She was always a wonderful friend to me, always a message away. There’s so many positive words I could express about her and our friendship throughout the years, but there would never be enough space to type it out. Morgan, I love you so much. You were an amazing friend and even more amazing mother. I will always remember you, I love and miss you forever. -Kalli & Avery

    • Daniel LaVeau Posted February 19, 2024 4:58 pm

      To the Maher family;
      I am so sorry to hear of your loss, a tragic end to a life so young. I wish you all the deepest condolences.

  • A protective mom Posted February 20, 2024 7:07 am

    Dear Family and Friends of Morgan,
    I am deeply sorry for your tragic & senseless loss. I did not know Morgan. She sounds like a wonderful person. My heart goes out to you and her children. May she rest in peace.

  • Mandy Ray Posted February 29, 2024 12:44 am

    John and Jackie (Tristons mom here). I’m so very saddened and sorry for your loss. I only met Morgan a handful of times but she spent a little bit of time playing a video game with Kyra one day while we were there visiting together. She just stepped right in as if Kyra was her little sister. It was amazing to see. Such a beautiful daughter you have with such a heart of gold. Triston obviously new her more than I did as Doran is one of his best friends for life since like the 5th or 6th grade. I am extremely sorry for not being able to be there in person for you but did watch the service with all my heart and tears and prayers head directly to you both and her brothers and her little one who will know how wonderful their momma was and how much she loved them through all of the stories everyone will be able to share with them. Know I am always here for a shoulder to cry on or a face to just let it all out and just scream as hard as you can. I love you both so very much.

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